Congressional Black Caucus introduces legislation to make the police more accountable

U.S. cops kill more people than any other country in the developed world By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   The Congressional Black Caucus on Monday introduced “The Justice in Policing Act of 2020,” legislation designed to make the nation’s police more accountable to the nation’s citizens, especially its black citizens, in the wake of the brutal in police custody death[Read More…]


Black joblessness goes up as overall unemployment drops

By Frederick H . Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today The black jobless rate edged up in May even as President Trump grinned gloated and celebrated a dramatic drop in the unemployment rate to 13.3 percent from 14.7 percent in April as municipalities eased stay-at-home restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic, opening the door for more people to feel safe returning to work. The unemployment[Read More…]

An apology decades in the making

    By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Today, I called a friend to apologize for the something that happened decades ago. He told me his wife was having an affair with another man and that she recently brought her lover a shaver. She openly confessed to seeing this person. His hurt feelings challenged the lie that black men don’t have[Read More…]

White man pleads guilty to shooting three black men attempting to evacuate after Hurricane Katrina

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today A white man who shot and wounded three black men, trying to reach safety after Hurricane Katrina 13 years ago pled guilty on Wednesday to a hate crime in New Orleans U.S. District Court. Roland Bourgeois, Jr., 55, was indicted in 2010 but he pled not guilty in legal proceedings that dragged on for[Read More…]

Black jobless rate was 6.0 percent in September; Overall unemployment was 3.7 percent

September’s unemployment rate for black men and black women was 6.0 percent as the nation’s nonfarm businesses added 134,000 jobs overall and the unemployment rate dropped to  3.7 percent, the lowest since 1969. The overall jobless rate for blacks a year earlier was 6.8 percent. The jobless rate for black men 20 and older was 5.8 percent, down from 6.5[Read More…]

Ken Smikle, founder of Target Market News, is dead

A celebration of life will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, September 22 in Chicago for Ken Smikle, an entrepreneur with a great vision. The 66-year-old Smikle died last week from congestive heart failure. He founded and was the publisher of Target Market News, a trade publication that reported on the black consumer market. As founder and editor of Target Market[Read More…]

Police arrest gunman who killed a black man, claiming he was standing his ground

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Michael Drejka shot to death Markeis  McGlockton  on July 19 after he shoved Drejka to the ground following an argument in a  Clearwater, Florida, parking lot.As he lay on the ground, the 48-year-old Drejka pulled a pistol from his pocket and shot McClockton as he backed away, according to surveillance footage. The 28-year-old McGlockton,[Read More…]